NOTE: These films are listed in three categories and are in chronological order. Many of them are available on DVD.
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FLIP CLIPS (2011)
Teenagers learn the art of “story telling” from professional videographers, editors, and Sue Marx Films staff. A jury selects the “best of show” to become part of a WTVS-PBS television special.

DETROIT REMEMBER WHEN: THE JEWISH COMMUNITY (2009)
45 minutes. An entertaining and nostalgic film for Jews and non-Jews alike. A retrospective about Jewish life in Detroit – then and now – told through interviews with young and old Detroiters, accompanied by home videos, personal photos and archival footage. Not to be missed are U.S. Congressman Sandy Levin and his “kid” brother U.S.. Senator Carl Levin talking about growing up in Detroit.
EMMY Nomination

DETROIT AND ISRAEL IN HARMONY FOR SIXTY YEARS (2008)
20 minutes. Celebrating the strong sixty-year relationship and commitment that Detroit has had with Israel since it gained its statehood in 1948.

FROM ANIMAL SHOWBOAT TO ANIMAL LIFEBOAT (2004)
25 minutes. Narrated by James Earl Jones
An historic look at how our attitudes towards animals have been shaped and the importance of re-thinking the ways in which we treat all living things.
C.INE Golden Eagle Award
Worldfest Houston Gold Special Jury Award

BUILDING A PASSION FOR MUSIC (2004)
14 minutes. Presents the wide variety of music education-both jazz and classical, offered by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Showcases young musicians with conductor, Neeme Jarvi, violinist, Itzhak Perlman, and jazz great, Marcus Belgrave. Film celebrates the opening of the Max M. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts and Pincus Education Center.
EMMY Award

THE CRANBROOK SERIES (1997-2004)
A series of films for the Cranbrook Schools in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. As this outstanding educational community was growing, internationally renowned architects were documented as they faced the challenge of creating new buildings in harmony with Finnish architect, Eliel Saarinen’s original campus.
New York Film Festivals Finalist Award
EMMY Award – Best Cultural Program
EMMY Award – Best Original Music

CREATING CRANBROOK (2004)
55 minutes. A compilation of the six short films (below) with an introduction by Julie Harris for television broadcast.

Cranbrook: The Art Academy (2002)
25 minutes. Documents the building of a major addition to the Art Academy with architect Raphael Moneo.

Cranbrook: Historic Preservation (2001)
24 minutes. Designated as a National Historic Landmark and an “American Treasure,” this film documents the ongoing restoration efforts on the 23-acre Cranbrook campus.

Cranbrook: The Natatorium (2000)
25 minutes. Documents the planning and building of a spectacular indoor/outdoor swimming complex with architects Tod Williams and Billie T’sien.
EMMY Award

Cranbrook: The Institute of Science (1999)
29 minutes. Documents the planning and construction of Cranbrook’s new Science Institute with architect Steven Holl.

Cranbrook: Evolution of a Dream (1997)
16 minutes Narrated by Julie Harris is an overview of Cranbrook and introduces architects Dan Hoffman, Steven Holl, Rafeal Moneo, Tod Williams, Billie T’sien, and Peter Rose.

Cranbrook: Brookside School (1997)
23 minutes. Documents the building of a major addition to the Brookside Lower School, with architect, Peter Rose.

Old 16 (1997)
5 minutes. Introduced on camera by Paul Newman, this video re-creates the 1908 Vanderbilt Car race when the Olds 16 became the first American car to win the Vanderbilt Cup. Video is shown with the original car at The Henry Ford Museum.

CONSERVATION INTERNATIONAL (2000)
5 minutes Produced for Ford Motor Company. Few words, magnificent images and a powerful original music score reminds us of importance of preserving our fragile world.
EMMY Award
ITVA Special Best of Show Award

THE DETROIT ZOO VIDEO SERIES (1995 – 2001)
Films are shown daily at the Detroit Zoo to educate the public about the role of zoos in the 21st century.
New York Festival SILVER World Medal
Worldfest-Charleston Film Festival Bronze Medal
6 EMMY Awards
Telly Award

Keeper of the Future
Narrated by Julie Harris.
7 minutes. A history of the Detroit Zoo.

Predator to Preserver
Narrated by James Earl Jones.
9 minutes. Explores man’s relationship with animals.

Wild Things
Narrated by Harry Blackstone, Jr.
9 minutes. About zoos in general and the Detroit Zoo in particular.

Dance of the Arctic Hunter
Narrated by Hugh Downs.
9 minutes. About polar bears in the Arctic Ring of Life, an remarkable and exciting walk-through overhead and underwater habitat at the Detroit Zoo.

Wings
Narrated by Leigh Taylor-Young.
11 minutes. Butterflies and hummingbirds abound in tropical splendor at the newly restored historic Detroit Zoo pavilion, built in 1925 as a bird house.

A Community of Chimps
Narrated by Tim Allen.
11 minutes. An amusing look at man’s closest relatives who live in largest chimpanzee habitat of any zoo in the world.

The Endangered Among Us
Narrated by Robert Wagner.
12 minutes. Presents a variety of ongoing conservation efforts the Detroit Zoo and explains their importance to the planet.

Images of the Wild
Narrated by Jeff Daniels.
10 minutes. Man’s relationship with animals as seen through a wide variety of works of art created by man over the centuries.

Warnings From the Wetlands
Narrated by Sonny Eliot
11 minutes A look at the stunning indoor, outdoor exhibition space at the zoo’s Amphibian Conservation and Research Center.

ROCKETTES CHRISTMAS AT THE FOX (1997)
26 minutes. A backstage look at the premiere performance of the Radio City Rockettes as they get ready for their first appearance at Detroit’s Fox Theatre. WXYZ-TV broadcast program prior the opening of their show. Hosted by Diana Lewis
EMMY Award

THE PURPLE ROSE THEATRE COMPANY (1994)
15 minutes Multi-talented actor, director, writer, composer, musician, Jeff Daniels, talks about The Purple Rose Theatre Company, a regional theatre in his hometown, Chelsea, Michigan. We see him working with everyone in his theatre company.
EMMY Award

THE JOURNEY OF THE CHANDLER-POHRT COLLECTION (1992)
17 minutes. Produced for the Detroit Institute of Arts in conjunction with the Chandler/Pohrt exhibit about this important collection of Native-American art, featuring George Horse Capture and Richard Pohrt with N. Carlos Nakai on flute. The art exhibition and video opened at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and toured the country.
EMMY Award
ITVA Golden Cassette Award of Excellence
BRONZE MUSE Award: American Association of Museums

IT’S MAGIC (1992)
17 minutes. Co-production with National Geographic Television Explorer Series about a quirky, annual, summer magic festival in Colon, Michigan, the “magic capital” of the world. Features Harry Blackstone, Jr. and other performing magicians.
CINE “Golden Eagle

ART MAKES THE DIFFERENCE (1991)
10 minutes. Produced for Concerned Citizens for the Arts in Michigan to educate the public about the importance of art in our lives. Features actor, Jeff Daniels, and author, Mitch Albom.

SEVEN ARTISTS -SEVEN SPACES IN A HOSPITAL-PLUS ONE (1991)
20 minutes. Eight large-scale works of art by leading artists are installed at Detroit Receiving Hospital in the Detroit Medical Center. The artists supervise the placement of their massive works.
American Film Festival Finalist

ART IN THE STATIONS: DETROIT PEOPLE MOVER (1989)
29 Minutes. We meet internationally acclaimed artists and watch the planning, execution, and installation of 15 major public works of art in the thirteen stations of the People Mover which connects office buildings and key areas in downtown Detroit.
CINE Golden Eagle
Columbus International Film Festival Bronze
American Film & Video Festival
EMMY Award

ENCORE ON WOODWARD: DETROIT’S FOX THEATRE (1988)
25 minutes. Narrated by Bob Hope, this film combines historical footage with new footage of the 1987-88 restoration of Detroit’s Fox Theatre. It also includes nostalgic memories of former dancers, musicians, and performers, including Martha Reeves, Maurice King, Henny Youngman, Rosemary Clooney who recall the old days at Detroit’s original Fox Theatre, built in 1928.
CINE Golden Eagle
EMMY Award

YOUNG AT HEART (1987)
30 minutes. Fairy tales can come true! An Academy Award-winning documentary about Reva and Lou, two widowed artists in their mid-eighties who met and fell in love on a painting tour to England. Broadcast on National PBS, BBC, and CBC, on The Learning Channel it was part of a national series called “About Time” It has also been broadcast in Russia, Australia, Singapore and New Zealand. Limited theatrical release.
Academy Award : Best Short Documentary
EMMY Award
CHRIS Award
CINE Golden Eagle
American Film and Video Festival Blue Ribbon
McArthur Media “OWL” Award
National Educational Film Festival “Crystal Apple”

Invitational Screenings:
Margaret Mead Film Festival
International Documentary Film & Video Festival
Telluride Film Festival
Museum of Modern Art
John Muir Medical Film Festival
New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center
Women in the Director’s Chair Film Festival
Melbourne Film Festival
Cleveland Film Festival
San Francisco Film Festival
Leningrad Non-Feature Film Festival
Wellingtion New Zealand Film Festival

A TOUCH OF GLASS (1986)
14 minutes. This lyrical film introduces the seductive world of studio glass. It features various glass artists using different techniques and ends with a luscious montage of the best works by leading international glass artists.
American Film Festival Finalist
EMMY Award

MICHIGAN: A STATE OF THE ARTS (1983)
14 minutes. Produced for Concerned Citizens for the Arts in Michigan and used statewide by both the private and the public sector to promote the arts in Michigan.

JOHN VOELKER (alias ROBERT TRAVER): ANATOMY OF AN AUTHOR (1982)
20 minutes. Portrait of former Michigan Supreme Court Justice John Voelker who wrote “Anatomy of a Murder” using his pen name, Robert Traver. Filmed in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, we see Voelker as writer, piano player, trout fisherman, and hunter of wild mushrooms, environmentalist, cribbage player and funny curmudgeon.
EMMY Award

LAVINIA MOYER AND THE ATTIC THEATRE (1982)
22 minutes. A backstage look a small repertory theatre company. The film includes set design, rehearsals to the performance of “Wings,” a powerful play about a stroke victim.

JIM PALLAS: ELECTRONIC SCULPTOR (1982)
11 minutes. A zany sculptor who makes whimsical, moving, welded metal sculptures that twitch, blink, shake and respond to heat, light, and sound through complicated sensors.
EMMY Award
CINE Golden Eagle
American Film Festival Finalist

GERHARDT KNODEL: AN ARTIST AND HIS WORK (1981)
13 minutes. Portrait of an internationally known fiber artist who creates massive sculptural works. Filmed in his studio at Cranbrook Academy of Art, at the Churchill Weavers in Berea, Kentucky, and during the installation a massive woven work in a bank in Florida.
EMMY Award
CINE Golden Eagle
American Film Festival Red Ribbon
Cindy Award – Association of Visual Communicators

BUFFALO SOLDIER (1981)
11 minutes. A ballet depicting the story of a company of Black Soldiers during the civil war. Music by Quincy Jones, performed by Vondie Curtis-Hall, with choreography by Carole Morisseau.
EMMY Award
CINE Golden Eagle
First Award: Dance Films in America

MICHAEL HALL: SCULPTOR (1980)
11 minutes. Portrait of noted sculptor and former director of the Cranbrook Academy of Art sculpture department. We watch Hall in his studio as he welds his large pieces. He also shares his major collection of folk art which informs much of his work as a constructivist.
EMMY Award
CINE Golden Eagle
American Film Festival Finalist

CAROLE MORISSEAU AND THE DETROIT CITY DANCE COMPANY (1980)
14 minutes. Portrait of an African-American choreographer/dancer and her company. The film moves from rehearsal to performance and backstage activities following a very successful opening night.
EMMY Award
CINE Golden Eagle

JOHN GLICK: AN ARTIST AND HIS WORK (1979)
9 minutes. Filmed at his Plum Tree Pottery studio, John Glick, internationally acclaimed ceramic artist, is shown in various stages of creating exquisite functional work in his home studio as he describes his work and the various tools, glazes and techniques he uses.
CINE Golden Eagle
American Film Festival Finalist
Henry Fonda Short Film Award

A VERY SPECIAL PLACE: THE DETROIT COMMUNITY MUSIC SCHOOL (1979)
8 minutes. Presenting student and faculty talent, this promotional film was used to recruit students and raise funds.

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